||Southern Illinois University Edwardsville|
Track and Field
SIUE Women's Track and Field|
July 23, 2009|
SIUE Names Interim Track and Field, Cross Country Coaches
EDWARDSVILLE, ILL. -- Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has tapped Kareem Jackson and Eileen McAllister to head the track and field and cross country teams, respectively, for the upcoming season.
Both will be elevated to the title of interim head coach as SIUE begins year two of its transition to NCAA Division I status. The move was prompted by the resignation of coach David Astrauskas, who left to become an assistant coach at Wisconsin. Under Astrauskas' direction, the Cougars amassed 77 NCAA Championships participants, including three national champions.
"We are very thankful that we have two people to lead these programs who are seasoned professionals. We anticipate a smooth and seamless transition for our student-athletes," said SIUE Director of Athletics Dr. Brad Hewitt.
Jackson has been with the men's and women's track and field program for one season as an assistant coach after coming from Lafayette (Pa.) College.
Jackson holds a Level I coaching certification and a Level II certification in sprints, hurdles and jumps. He has coached numerous NCAA qualifiers, including student-athletes in the high jump and the 400-meter dash, during his coaching career.
A native of Chicago, Jackson has been successful in recruiting talent from the Chicagoland area. At Lafayette, the student-athletes under his watch broke eight school records, qualified for the NCAA East Regional eight times, and qualified for the IC4A/ECAC Championships 34 times. One student-athlete was a U.S. Junior Nationals qualifier. At the University of Chicago, Jackson coached two school records and an NCAA qualifier in the women's high jump.
Jackson holds a bachelor of arts degree in general studies and mathematics from Lewis University in 2002. As a student-athlete, he helped Lewis to three Great Lakes Valley Conference titles and earned All-Conference honors in the hurdles and high jump events. He was the GLVC champion in the high jump in 1998.
McAllister has been associated with the cross country team in numerous capacities since coming to SIUE in 2004. She currently serves as the Strength, Conditioning and Training Coach for all of SIUE Athletics. McAllister has coached one All-American, 11 NCAA qualifiers, 29 All-Conference picks in track and field and 12 top 10 finishers at the conference championship level. McAllister also has watched seven school records fall and has coached seven of SIUE's top 10 men's 8,000-meter times in cross country.
McAllister has been an assistant cross country coach and assistant track and field coach at SIUE since 2004. She also served as an assistant cross country and track and field coach as well as a personal trainer and exercise program specialist at the University of Miami.
McAllister holds a bachelor of arts in psychology from Washington University in 1999. She also assisted the track and field and cross country programs at Washington University in 2000-2001. McAllister later earned a master's degree in exercise physiology from the University of Miami in 2008.